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When are the book available for Online Purchase?
They are available immediately.
Why is there a the difference in price for different Countries?
The cost of the books is the same globally. The price difference is caused by different mailing charges.
What is the subject matter of these books?
PACKAGE 1 (FIVE BOOKS)
Understanding Salok Mehla 9, Understanding Salok Bhagat Kabir Jio Kay, and Understanding Salok Sheikh Fareed Kay are primarily Gurbani translations and interpretations of the respective banis. Each word within the verse is given its literal meaning and where applicable its metaphoric, idiomatic or spiritual meaning. The entire verse is then translated with a view towards deriving its spiritual message. Notes are provided to explain why the commonly accepted translations of particular verses are in error.
Selected Gurbani Shabds contains Gurbani translations and interpretations of 41 shabds from the SGGS. These shabds are selected in the belief that they are generally representative of the compositions that are found within the SGGS. Ample notes provided to enable reader to grasp the Tatt Gurmat messages within the Shabds.
Selected Sikhi Concepts discusses a total of eleven pre-1469 concepts that are used within Gurbani – death; afterlife; 84 lakhs; reincarnation; heaven and hell; dargah; salvation; dharm raj; and jum and chitrgupt. The selection is made in the belief that these concepts are the ones that are most in need of clarification.
PACKAGE 2 (ONE BOOK)
The Hijacking of Sikhi is based on the premise that Sikhi as it is practiced today, is no longer the Sikhi that was taught to us by our Gurus. It is a spirituality that stands distorted, corrupted and tainted. The messages of its scripture – Gurbani – have been distorted through vedic, yogic and puranic slants in interpretations and translations; its history muddled in unbelievable tales of miracles called sakhis, it’s general conduct dictated by an institutionalized clergy – a group that was soundly critiqued by our Gurus, and its religious practices have come to consist of those smuggled in from rejected and discarded rituals of pre-1469 practices. It’s a faith that has been Hijacked from its unique path and equally distinct goals. It is a Godly spirituality that has been corrupted into a clergy concocted and clergy dominated religious dogma. This book tells the story of how, when and why this happened; and the narrative of brave souls who have tried to correct the wrongs.
PACKAGE 3 (5 BOOKS)
Understanding Jup, Sodar and Sohela; Understanding Sidh Goshat, Understanding Anand, and Understanding Asa Di Vaar are primarily Gurbani translations and interpretations of the respective banis. Each word within the verse is given its literal meaning and where applicable its metaphoric, idiomatic or spiritual meaning. The entire verse is then translated with a view towards deriving its spiritual message. Notes are provided to explain why the commonly accepted translations of particular verses are in error. The Hijacking of Sikhi is included in this package.
Are paperback versions of the books available?
All the books are in Hard Cover and printed on superior quality paper in full color.
What is the pricing policy for these books?
The books are sold at zero profit and zero royalty payment to the author. An initial grant was made available by Sardar Hardev Singh Shergill, California, Publisher of the Sikh Bulletin, USA for the publication of all 11 books that comprise the 3 packages. Other invididuals – Prof Harbans Lal USA, Dr Bhajan Singh Malaysia and Sardar Mahinder Singh Saini UAE have subsequently added on to this grant. The author’s efforts in research and writing are undertaken in the interest of sewa and service. The sale price is calculated to recoup this initial grant so that the recovered monies can be rolled over to publish the next set of books in 2024. One portion of the sale price includes packaging and mailing costs.
What is the Gurbani Translation methodology that is used in these books?
The methodology is derived from the paradigm of Tatt Gurmat. The primary principle is the use of Gurbani to explain Gurbani. What is meant by this is that the meanings of Gurbani concepts are derived from within Gurbani – and not external texts. The outcome of this method is the removal of snatan, vedic, puranic, shashtric and yogic influences that plague a wide variety of Gurbani translations – Punjabi and English.
Is the methodology explained in detail in the books?
One complete chapter is devoted towards developing and explaining the methodology in each of the books.
Who is the author of the books?
They are written by Karminder Singh, PhD (Boston). He writes and speaks regularly on Gurbani matters. He is currently the Chief Editor of The Sikh Bulletin, USA and sits on the Board of Sikhi Vichar Forum – a global organization dedicated to creating awareness of authentic Sri Guru Granth Sahib based Sikhi amongst members. He is also the Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee of the Global Sikh Council. The subject matter of these books was developed over a period of 15 years in weekly Understanding Gurbani classes that were conducted in Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya Malaysia. His Gurbani and Gurmat based articles and videos can be found at www.sikhivicharforum.org. His work in the Sikh Bulletin can be accessed at www.sikhbulletin.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the ongoing pandemic affect the ordering process?
The books are mailed out of Malaysia using domestic and international mail. Express Service is used in both mailings. Nevertheless, processing delays are expected at the processing centers – including the Customs Departments of some countries due to the pandemic. International deliveries can take 3 – 4 weeks. Your patience is appreciated.
What is the process for bulk orders?
Kindly send an email to email@example.com to explore the options of surface mail or sea freight.
Can I order just one of the books instead of the entire package?
Only The Hijacking of Sikhi (Revised Edition) is sold separately as a single book.
The other books are sold as a package of five books. This method allows us to keep the price at its lowest; save on packing and mailing costs; and pass on these benefits to our readers. As stated above, this is a non-profit seva based endeavour.
Where can I address additional questions?
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